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Pardew admits Newcastle tried for Fulham signing Bent

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits they were in for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent before his move to Fulham.

Bent signed for the Cottagers on-loan yesterday.

"He was close," said Pardew to the Evening Chronicle.

"Close, in terms of the deal but Darren has decided to go elsewhere.

"I wish him all the best."

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